How to Hang New Sliding Closet Doors Part 3 How to Hang New Sliding Closet Doors Part 3
Once you have completed the hanging of your new sliding closet doors, all that remains is to provide them with a neat finish, make sure that the doors are hanging straight, and that they slide without sticking. Finishing entails sealing a wood surface. It is a multi-step process ending with the final coat of stain or paint that permanently seals a wood product. None of the steps are hard, but if carried out carefully the end result is well worth the time invested.
Step 1 – Preparation
Preparing the wood is very important when painting closet doors. The doors should be kept at the place they are to be installed for at least two days before installation, to condition them by allowing them to adjust to humidity and temperature levels. The best method of finishing is to hang and adjust the doors correctly, then remove them from their tracks. Inspect all surfaces, making sure that they are clean and dry, and free of foreign particles, imperfections or blemishes due to rough handling. Using sandpaper, remove any problem areas. To prevent scratching marks across the grain, sand along the grain. Remember that a door has six sides and they all must be finished properly to control the moisture content and seal the surface of the wood.
Step 2 – Applying the Primer
Use 120 grit sandpaper for the final sanding prior to painting. After sanding out the problem areas, clean the door with a soft cloth or a dry, clean lint-free cloth to remove all traces of dust. It is now time to apply the primer. Remember to use oil based primer with oil-based paint and latex-based primer with latex based finishing coats. Do not mix these two coatings. At least one base coat should be applied. Allow the primer to dry completely and check the color and smoothness of the paint before applying the next coat.
Step 3 – Apply the Finish
Apply at least two coats of finishing paint on top of the primer. Allow sufficient drying time between every coat applied. Make a thorough inspection of the doors before hanging them back on the tracks. If all has gone according to plan, you should be well pleased with your work.